Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

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Government’s consultation on organ donation opt-out system in England now open

Today the Department of Health have launched their public consultation on changing to an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation, to improve organ donation rates in England.

Issue date:11 December 2017

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HTA announces licence fees for 2018/19

Today the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has announced licence fee levels for the 2018/19 business year. The new licence fees come into effect from April 2018 and will be calculated on the same basis as 2017/18.

Issue date:11 December 2017

Ministers looking to appoint a Chair to the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

The Department of Health is currently recruiting for a new Chair of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). The news comes after current Chair, Sharmila Nebhrajani's decision to stand down.

Issue date:15 December 2017

HTA Triennial Review Published

The HTA’s Triennial Review The HTA’s triennial review was conducted by the Cabinet Office to provide assurance to the Department of Health and the public that the HTA’s functions are still required and that we are operating efficiently.

Issue date:20 April 2017

HTA Business Plan and Strategy published

The HTA has published its annual Business Plan for 2017/18 and a refreshed version of our three-year Strategy.

Issue date:07 April 2017

HTA launches revamped online portal

Today the HTA launched its redesigned online portal.

Issue date:30 June 2015

HTA appoints new Chief Executive

Allan Marriott-Smith has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). Allan will take up leadership of the regulator for tissue and organs on 6 July. Allan was previously the HTA’s Director for Strategy and Quality.

Issue date:15 June 2015

One year on: HTA addresses all McCracken recommendations

In 2013 Justin McCracken was commissioned by the Government to review the work of the HTA and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Issue date:13 August 2014

Input into the HTA's strategic plan

Each year, the Authority undertakes a strategic review in order to develop a Strategic Plan for the coming three years.

Issue date:28 July 2014

Review of the HTA codes of practice

The HTA has now kicked off a review of our codes of practice. The first stage of this will take place between now and September and is looking at the structure and accessibility of the codes.

Issue date:25 July 2014

HTA annual review 2013/14 launched

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) launched its annual review publication for 2013/14: Regulating for the public good at its annual event yesterday.

Issue date:16 July 2014

HTA responds to consultation on data sharing

The Human Tissue Authority has responded to the Better Regulation Delivery Office's (

Issue date:07 July 2014

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